The Black Stallion
Directed by Carroll Ballard. US. 1979. 8+. 118 minutes. MGM. blu ray.
Sat., February 25, 2017
“The first half of The Black Stallion is so gloriously breathtaking that the second half, the half with all the conventional excitement, seems merely routine. We’ve seen the second half before — the story of the kid, the horse, the veteran trainer, and the big race. But the first hour of this movie belongs among the great filmgoing experiences. It is described as an epic, and earns the description.” – Roger Ebert
“The best parts of this film involve no dialogue, just the gradual building of a relationship between a boy and a horse on a deserted island. Later on, the movie, adapted from Walter Farley’s novel, isn’t quite so special when it moves back to civilization and becomes an exciting, if predictable, horse-racing story that might be described as a sequel to National Velvet.” – Peter Nichols, The New York Times Essential Library of Children’s Movies
“One of the rare movies that achieves a magical atmosphere. Seeing it is like being carried on a magic carpet; you don’t want to come down.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker